1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidine-gallane, (Me2N)(2)CN(H)center dot GaH3: an unusually strongly bound gallane adduct

A R Cowley, A J Downs, H J Himmel, S Marchant, S Parsons, J A Yeoman

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The novel adduct 1,1,3,3-tetramethylguanidine-gallane, (Me2N)(2)CN(H).GaH3, has been prepared by the reaction of [(Me2N)(2)CNH2]Cl-+(-) with LiGaH4 in Et2O solution. Its spectroscopic properties indicate a monomeric species with an unusually strong coordinate link between the imido function and GaH3, an inference confirmed by the crystal structure at 150 K which also reveals significant secondary interactions through non-classical N-H center dot center dot center dot H-Ga bridges. Despite the intrinsic strength of the Ga-N bond, however, vaporisation at ca. 310 K occurs with partial dissociation, and decomposition via more than one pathway proceeds at temperatures >330-350 K to give a variety of products, including the free base, Me2NH, H-2, and a novel gallium-nitrogen compound composed of a Ga4N4 cubane-like core bridged on three edges by -N{C(NMe2)(2)}GaH2-units.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1591-1597
Number of pages7
JournalDalton Transactions
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2005


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